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Romanticism

  1. 1. American Romanticism And the Wilderness Experience
  2. 2. Frontier Life in America <ul><li>New subject material – different from Europe </li></ul><ul><li>American novel now coincided with: </li></ul><ul><li>1. westward expansion </li></ul><ul><li>2. growth of a nationalist spirit and; </li></ul><ul><li>3. rapid spread of cities </li></ul>
  3. 3. James Fenimore Cooper <ul><li>In time, his novels focused on: </li></ul><ul><li>Frontier communities </li></ul><ul><li>American Indians </li></ul><ul><li>Backwoodsmen </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness of western NY and PA </li></ul>
  4. 4. First American Romantic Hero <ul><li>Natty Bumppo – a.k.a. Hawkeye, Deerslayer and Leatherstocking </li></ul><ul><li>Qualities: </li></ul><ul><li>- heroic and virtuous </li></ul><ul><li>- skillful frontiersman </li></ul><ul><li>- simple morals </li></ul><ul><li>- love of nature </li></ul><ul><li>- distrust of town life </li></ul><ul><li>- “superhuman” resourcefulness </li></ul>
  5. 5. The New American Novel <ul><li>Included: </li></ul><ul><li>Triumph of American innocence </li></ul><ul><li>Characters known as popular twenty and twenty-first century Romantic heroes </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalistic settings </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other New American Novelists <ul><li>Herman Melville - (ex-sailor) wrote Moby Dick </li></ul><ul><li>Nathaniel Hawthorne - wrote The Scarlet Letter </li></ul><ul><li>More a “coming of age” not a renaissance </li></ul>
  7. 7. The American Hero breaks away from the European Version <ul><li>1. A Romantic hero is usually innocent and carefree, separate from the masses, and is almost always on some type of journey. </li></ul><ul><li>2. This hero is idealistic, non-conforming, and rarely lives in the “here and now,” but, is well rounded, skilled in some fashion, and able to communicate with all walks of life. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Romantic heroes are found in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fennimore Cooper, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What would the typical literary American Hero look like? <ul><li>Young or possess youthful qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Loves Nature and avoids towns </li></ul><ul><li>Has a sense of honor based not on societies rules but a higher principle </li></ul><ul><li>Has a knowledge of life and people based on a deep intuitive understanding, not formal education </li></ul><ul><li>Quests for a higher truth in the natural world </li></ul><ul><li>Is innocent and pure of purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Faces some kind of self-discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Is self-reliant </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who are some typical American Romantic Heroes? <ul><li>In Literature: </li></ul><ul><li>Hawkeye – Last of the Mohicans </li></ul><ul><li>Hester Pryne – The Scarlet Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Huck Finn –Huckleberry Finn, (Mark Twain) </li></ul><ul><li>In the movies: </li></ul><ul><li>Blade </li></ul><ul><li>John Wayne </li></ul><ul><li>Luke Skywalker </li></ul><ul><li>Superman and Spiderman </li></ul><ul><li>Music: </li></ul><ul><li>Elvis Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Tupac </li></ul><ul><li>Johnny Cash </li></ul>

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